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05/09/2013 01:58 pm ET

In Promoting FundAnything, A Crowdfunding Site, Donald Trump Rips Off Indiegogo

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"It's the first website that actually lets anyone, anywhere raise money for ANYTHING." Sound familiar? That's how Donald Trump described the crowdfunding site he has backed, FundAnything, at an event on Wednesday. If that quote sounds familiar, it's because it's also the way more established crowdfunding site Indiegogo describes itself: "Our platform is available to anyone, anywhere, to raise money for anything."

It's unclear if Trump knew that his phrasing, first reported by TechCrunch (which like HuffPost is owned by AOL), was similar to Indiegogo, but it's definitely awkward. FundAnything is exactly like older and better known sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. The big difference is, it has The Donald behind it, occasionally giving away his own money. FundAnything launched on Wednesday at an event at Trump Tower in New York City.

The event itself, Gawker reports, was a ridiculous display of Trump's power (despite maybe not being that rich). People lined up in front of Trump, approaching him to tell him about their issues and beg for money. He gave away 10 $5,000 checks to the people with the saddest stories and let people take handfuls of money from a box filled with cash.

As helpful as having a big name associated with a new business can be, somehow we don't think Trump's name and image will cause would-be entrepreneurs to choose it over Kickstarter or Indiegogo, especially after his horribly offensive comments on Tuesday about sexual assault in the military.

[h/t TechCrunch]

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